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For Immediate Release: December 21, 2020

Contact: kaled@alamarieforcouncil.com 

ALAMARIE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES 

City Council Candidate Kaled Alamarie is Committed to Investing in Small Businesses and Creating Jobs 

Queens, NY Kaled Alamarie, candidate for City Council in the 32nd District, announced a plan today to assist small businesses and create jobs.

District 32 City Council Candidate Kalad Alamarie said:  “Small businesses are the backbone of this community, the engine that drives our local economy and provides for our working families. The government can and must do more to protect and invest in our community’s small businesses. Now more than ever because of COVID, businesses are struggling for their survival and the government must step up and meet the challenges of these unprecedented times.”  

Alamarie’s plan to strengthen small businesses focuses on five key areas: COVID resources and relief, rent, loans and financing, changes to the tax code, and training and assistance programs. Read the plan summary below: 

 1. COVID Resources and Relief 

  • Fight for small businesses so they are able to get the rent relief needed to stop closures and evictions

  • Use our role as one of the largest cities in the world to help our businesses access over $100 billion currently available in unutilized federal relief

  • Develop business and job security measures during COVID-19

  • The system for many small businesses was broken before COVID-19 and we need to build back stronger and better

 2. Rent  

  • Stabilize retail and commercial rent to help small businesses

  • Develop protections for retail and commercial tenants, similar to existing rent stabilization protections for home renters

  • Ban minimum rents for commercial real estate when owners and renters are willing to rent for less

  • Encourage new and emerging small businesses to work alongside larger ones in their unused space to reduce the burden for both groups

  • Many small businesses in Queens need to do hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales per month to break even, even more, will never hit that threshold. We need a system that works better for more small businesses

3. Loans and Financing 

  • Increase the financing and lover interest rates that small businesses are able to receive from the city and other sources 

  • Prioritize small business revitalization by making sure loans actually go to businesses in our communities 

  • Support loan programs that fight the inequality that the pandemic is exasperating in the long term

 4. Changes to the Tax Code 

  • Change the tax code to provide real tax relief for small businesses

  • Reduce and eliminate fees for small business

  • Tax commercial landlords who keep their properties vacant for extended periods of time to encourage rentals

  • Expand tax credits like the existing credit for LLCs that have under $150,000 in annual volume and pay the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT) to cover more types and different sizes of small businesses

 5. Training and Educational Assistance Programs 

  • Develop free educational programs and resources for new and old business 

  • Expand programs like Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Certification Campaign (MWBE) with city resources

  • Preventing workplace harassment by ensuring all aspects of the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act and other similar state and city laws are fully enforced during the pandemic

 

Kaled Alamarie is running to represent the 32nd NYC City Council District in the Democratic Primary on June 23rd. The 32nd council district includes the Queens communities of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, and Woodhaven. 

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